Supporting your students’ transition from A level Mathematics to further study
Your students may ask you for advice about what they want to do after they've taken A level Mathematics.
We have provided information for students to read themselves, but they will benefit enormously from your experience and support.
Here are some suggestions of things you can do to help them:
Arrange for external speakers to visit and talk to your students. Several organisations can help you to find them, here are some examples:
You could also make your own arrangements with local employers and universities.
Do your students know about Higher and Degree apprenticeships? These can provide routes into many careers that are rich in maths, including accountancy, actuarial science, architecture, engineering and data science. They can be particularly attractive to students who are concerned about university fees.
Provide your students with information about university open days and taster days. Some universities and other organisations offer residential summer schools. These are often targeted at disadvantaged students to encourage them to consider applying to university. Here are some examples:
- Sutton Trust
- University of London
- University of Bath
- University of Oxford UNIQ
- University of Southampton
- Headstart Courses
Support with university applications
Your school/college will already provide general support with university applications, but here are some additional ways you can help them through the process.
Research shows that disadvantaged students, in particular, benefit from personalised support. One-to-one conversations with your students will help you to understand their aspirations, identify any barriers they may face, and explore their options.
A good personal statement can make a huge difference to a students’ likelihood of being offered a place. This research by the Sutton Trust highlights what admissions tutors want to see, and suggests how you can help steer them in the right direction.
If your students are invited to interviews by universities or employers, you can help them prepare by staging mock interviews. Some universities offer support with this - contact your local universities for details.
Preparing for university
We’ve put together some suggested reading to help students prepare for interviews and starting university. You might consider providing a set of appropriate books to loan within your maths department or school/college library.
Your students may also find it useful to explore our Supporting students’ transition to degree study support package, which is part of our wider support for education recovery due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The support package includes online resources to help Year 13 students to consolidate key A level topics and support their transition to degree study in maths or a related subject in the form of a free online course, Preparation for Higher Education.
You could suggest that your students check out SUMS - Steps to University for Mathematical Students. It's a monthly web-magazine for all A level Mathematics students considering studying Mathematics at university. Each issue is packed full of support, resources and advice.